A big thank you to CAPCOM for making this review possible and allowing me to get the chance to head off into the village, what awaits me in Resident Evil: Village? Let’s take a Spoiler-Free look!
Resident Evil: Village takes place after the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard where Ethan and Mia have settled down and have had a daughter, Rose, after moving to Europe. The peace is ruined when Chris Redfield comes takes Rose away. Ethan then wakes to find himself in a strange village where horrors and Rose awaits.
Now onto Resident Evil: Village itself! It’s safe to say that if you have not played RE7 yet, you really should as it will get you up to speed story-wise as well as the controls. The controls in this game pretty much handle the same but there are some changes, good changes I’ll add, that’s a step up from the previous, I’ll go into that later.
Graphics-wise, I’m playing it on Xbox Series X/S, and it’s phenomenal! The animation of the environment, the shading/ light, and facial animations of characters. In the previous game the facial animations were a bit…freaky but this time they’re more realistic.
If you can wear headphones while playing this game, it will make it more intense! The sound design is on point with wanting to build tension and scare you as it accompanies foreboding darkness in areas of the game.
Overall gameplay is amazing as the game feels like a mix of mechanics from Resident Evil 4, and RE7. You can acquire items that are valuable to sell as well as money. I love how they improved the item storage mechanic where space is not taken up with crafting items or special items. The tension is amazing, the story pulls you in, the atmosphere the game makes is amazing, the characters are great, and I’m looking forward to diving back into it.
Resident Evil: Village is by far the most intense chapter in Resident Evil’s 25 years that adds new concepts to the genre keeping it interesting and terrifying. On my scale of 1-10, it’s 10 all the way!
Resident Evil: Village will launch on May 7, 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam and Stadia.
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